and more celebrated the opening night of American Moor at Cherry Lane Theatre.
Red Bull Theater brings that Keith Hamilton Cobb’s acclaimed play American Moor, Off-Broadway at Cherry Lane Theatre (38 Commerce St), in a production directed by Kim Weild and produced in collaboration with Evangeline Morphos, Frederick M. Zollo, Elizabeth I. McCann and Tom Shea.
An indomitable African-American actor (Keith Hamilton Cobb) auditioning for the role of Othello must respond to the dictates of a younger, white director (Josh Tyson) who presumes to better understand Shakespeare’s iconic black character. What could possibly go wrong? In this 90-minute, multi-award winning play, this fraught audition turns into an exploration of Shakespeare, race, and America (not necessarily in that order). Fueled by humor and passion, American Moor paints an essential portrait of an American theater unaware of its failures, and of the culture that supports it.